Recipe by SHARON HOWARD
"This recipe for Kosher style dills was given to me 25 years ago by a farmers wife who grew cucumbers and it has never let me down. The two things I have found critical to crisp dill pickles are soaking the cukes in ice water for at least 2 hours and ensuring the brine is at a full boil when poured over the dills."
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3 to 4 inch long pickling cucumbers
garlic, peeled and halved
fresh dill weed
fresh dill weed
AWESOME DILL PICKLES! First and last recipe I will use and they are crunchy! For added zip I added in a couple slices of jalepeno peppers (with seeds) and in each jar I also added a heaping 1/8th tsp each of dried mustard seed, dill seed, and celery seed. If you like really hot and spicy pickles add in a few dashes of red pepper flakes in addition to the jalepenos. I also believe there really is something to chilling the pickles before you start canning. The recipe states to wait 8 weeks before eating the pickles. I was so impatient the 1st time, I sampled them after 3 days. They were good, but the different spices had not blended and could be tasted separately. By waiting, the flavors combine and "mellow" into a more balanced (and great!) flavor. I waited 3 weeks before sampling another jar and they were definitely better than the ones I tried after 3 days. Pickles can be stored for a couple of years in a cool dry place like a pantry.
I found this recipe was very easy to follow and I did follow it to a tee but they still turned out pretty mushy. I made sure that I filled the ice regularly and kept the pickles really cold for just over three hours. Does anyone have any hints?
These are absolutely the best pickles! To ensure a crisp pickle be sure to cut about 1/8" off the blossom end of each cuke because enzymes located there can cause soft pickles. I also like to chop up the garlic cloves and then just put about 1 teaspoon in each jar, rather than the whole cloves. If I have them, I also pop a fresh dill flower in the centre each jar after the cukes are in. Thanks for a great recipe!
Wonderful! We make and can these every summer and always get rave reviews. I have found that picking the cucumbers when very small results in the crunchiest pickles. Also, you can substitute 1/3 Tbsp of dill seed for the dill head.
these are the best...and i dont do a hot bath with mine..it makes them soggy. And do not use a metal pan to boil your brin in. It causes cloudy water.
I have a couple of ?'s.#1 is the pickling salt, the same as pickling spice?. Second, i just can't find any dill head with the sprigs. Is it the same if i just use the fresh baby dill that is sold at the market. also how critical is it to have the dill head? please help me. I really want to try this recipe,I already have the cucumbers. I dont want them to start getting soft. thanks
I finally opened my first jar last night and they were delicious. I was hoping for super crispy pickles, but suspect the hot bath method might have made them a bit soggy? It was my first attempt at canning, too, and this was a great way to be introduced. Thanks, Sharon!
These pickles are great! It was really hard for me to wait the full two months to try them but I did and it was well worth the wait. I added some alum to the ice bath and then rinsed the pickles well before placing them in jars. I was really pleased with how crunchy the pickles turned out. I also placed the jarred pickles in a hot water bath for 10 minutes to seal the jars and it worked well.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/64 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 64
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 10
** Calories from Fat: < 1
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